Get First Access to the Long Beach Historical Newspaper Collection on Friday

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Long Beach Historical Newspaper Collection

The Historical Newspaper Collection is a chronicling of Long Beach history as told by local newspapers.

The Historical Society of Long Beach and the Long Beach Press-Telegram are dedicating the Long Beach Historical Newspaper Collection to the community on February 10, 2012 with a ribbon- cutting ceremony in the HSLB gallery.

Over 1,400 bound volumes of newspapers spanning the years 1902 through 1989, the collection includes 16 mastheads, including the Long Beach Sun, the Independent, the Independent Press-Telegram and the Press-Telegram. One of the largest collections ever received by the HSLB, it holds great significance as a prime source of Long Beach history as reported by hometown beat reporters, editorialists, and investigative journalists. The dedication will mark the first time the public has had access to these volumes which were previously stored by the Press-Telegram in various locations. 

In addition to dedicating the collection to the community, the event will serve as a fund raiser for preservation and public access to the collection. Included in preservation efforts are the purchase of archival boxes for volumes with cracked or missing spines, retrofits to the South Gallery, including protective shading for windows, a security camera to alert staff to potential theft or vandalism, and metal shelving inserts to replace the existing wooden ones. To provide greater public access, the volumes will be further inventoried and catalogued in order to create a search tool for researchers.

Dedication attendees will be treated to gourmet appetizers from Primal Alchemy, along with a choice selection of wines and other refreshments. Speakers will include the PT Editor Emeritus Rich Archbold, PT Executive Editor Carolina Garcia, best-selling mystery writer and former PT columnist Jan Burke, adn retired PT columnist Tom Hennessy. There will also be a silent auction of donations from some of Long Beach’s premier businesses and organizations, as well as an opportunity raffle.

Joining Co-Chairs Julie Bartolotto (Executive Director, HSLB) and Rich Archbold on the Honorary Host Committee are Governor George Deukmejian (Ret.), Mayor Beverly O’Neill (Ret.), Mayor Bob Foster, Councilwoman Rae Gabelich, Carolina Garcia, Senator Betty Karnette (Ret.), Lillian Kawasaki (Director, Water Replenishment District), Supervisor Don Knabe, Geraldine Knatz (Executive Director, Port of Los Angeles), Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal, Peter Ridder (Former Publisher, Press-Telegram), Harry Saltzgaver (Executive Editor, Gazette Newspapers), Jean Bixby Smith (Director, Bixby Land Company), and Vice Mayor Doris Topsy-Elvord (Ret.).

Tickets: $120 General Public; $100 HSLB members. To purchase, go to or call the HSLB at 562.424.2220.

Interesting Facts About the Historical Newspaper Collection

The Historical Newspaper Collection consists of 1,400 bound volumes of newspapers, a Sunday magazine supplement entitled The Southland and advertising pages categorized by zones within the city.

In all there are 16 mastheads that include the Long Beach Sun, Press-Telegram, Independent, Independent Press-Telegram and several others for nearby cities including Compton, Wilmington and San Pedro. The years span 1902 through 1989 with some years missing, primarily the 1970s.

When the collection is dedicated on February 10, 2012 it will be the first time it has ever been made available to the public. Given the collection spans 110 years, there is no living resident of the city who can claim to have read every paper in the collection on the day it was published.

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